I haven't read much of this thread, but I've recently gotten this interesting idea for a harem story (the "Let's make a harem show" thread seemed to be a little too far along for this idea to be brought up in it).
Basically, I was reading the "Let's make a harem show" thread and seeing the conversations on the first page about what genders the characters should be and I was thinking "There's a lot of talk about he and she, but what about it?" I look at related TV Tropes pages, and I think about Negima, and then Magical Girl
, and then MentorMascots
, and then a harem of mentor mascots that are each competing to get a single girl to accept their powers and mission. Sort of like a Magical Girl
version of Ben 10.
Anyway, at first, she'll be overjoyed at having not one, but multiple magical girl forms. Soon, she learns that the combined responsibility is hard to deal with, and that she'll need to choose one of the mentor mascots to stick with, and give up on the others, or even give up on all of them so she can pursue her own interests instead of the interests of the mentor mascots. This becomes difficult as many of the mentor mascots have reasons for why they can't just choose another girl, whether it be a prophecy, the transformation trinket being hard to readjust for another's use, requirements that not many other girls can fulfill, or even just because the mascot mentor takes a liking to her. So the girl ends up trying to decide which mentor mascots to give up based not only what powers they have and what they expect her to use them for, but also how easily they could give their powers and mission to another person.
Ways it could end? She could try to ensure that each of the mentor mascots get another girl that could accept their powers and mission. Whether they form a sentai, each focus on their seperate missions, or occasionally team up out of convenience would be options to think about afterward. She could go with the Tenchi Solution
and find creative ways to use her multiple magical girl forms to more efficiently accomplish each of the mentor mascots' missions. She may have been choosing which form to use based purely on which mentor mascot's mission she was trying to fulfill. Maybe she finds out that the villains that each mentor mascot wants her to defeat all work for the same Big Bad
, which provides her a way to fulfill all of her missions at the same time.
And that's my idea.